Pros: The Hotel A La Grande Cloche was conveniently located, being only 10 minutes' walk from the centre, and with a Metro station very close by as well, making it easy to reach the main rail stations for trips outside Brussels. The reception staff were friendly and helpful, and all spoke English. Both the room and the ensuite bathroom were a good size. There was a safe in the room, and this was free to use. This hotel also had the cheapest room rate I could find for a centrally-located hotel.
Cons: There was no aircon, so to avoid being too hot at night it was necessary to leave the window open, but that meant being disturbed by noise from the street below. (As far as I could tell, given that the hotel stands on the corner of a block, almost all rooms overlook the street.) The shower was not thermostatically controlled, so the temperature always fluctuated irregularly between comfortable, boiling hot and freezing cold, meaning that having a shower took at least twice as long as it needed to. The bed was too soft - it was like bouncing around on a children's inflatable castle. There were only 2 mains outlets in the room, both situated so close to the desk surface that it was difficult to plug anything into them.
Tip: Just across the street from the hotel is the Houtsiplou restaurant - we enjoyed it so much the first time we went back again the next day. (See my review of Houtsiplou here on TripAdvisor.)
Summary: As far as I'm concerned, a fundamental requirement at any hotel is being able to get a good night's sleep. I also expect things such as a thermostatic shower and adequate usable mains outlets to be there as standard. Sure, the room rate was cheap for a centrally-located hotel, but given my list of 'Cons' I'd only stay at this hotel again if it were a short stay and I was also desperate to keep the cost down.
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